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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
Phone Number: +1 972-562-5566
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...

Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Dinosaurs are cool

We have 3 small boys and they enjoy going here. Also went for a birthday party one time. Good fun and good environment.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
butler68
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Fairview, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have bought membership for $80, just minutes later I fount out that there is a groupon for $40. When I asked sales ladies they were not nice about it. I'd rather donate money and do it willingly. Staff handle the situation very poorly, I feel cheated. Not a nice way to welcome a new family into the museum and... More 

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Fairview, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have 3 small boys and they enjoy going here. Also went for a birthday party one time. Good fun and good environment.

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Fairview
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For parents and grandparents, the Heard Museum is a wonderful place to take the kids. There are year-round family activities, including summer camps and special events like the Dinosaur Exhibit every fall. The Heard has a wonderful Natural Science Museum that is well-arranged, educational, and kid-friendly. There is also a Wildlife Sanctuary area. Plan a family outing and take a... More 

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Mechanicsburg , PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our grandkids LOVED it. They are 3 and 5. It was so realistic for them with the animatronics. Lovely walking paths also with a mix of sun and shade. We will be back for sure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this museum and wildlife sanctuary. We went during the dinosaur exhibit and it was great. The dinosaurs are lined along a gravel path (need a heavy duty stroller to navigate the trails, DO NOT bring a stroller with small wheels, there are tons of small steps, cracks, and navigating around bumps that will make your life miserable in an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The museum is a good size, not so big the kids will lose interest. The annual dinosaur exhibit is popular with the kids, but creates a lot of noisy foot traffic that takes away from the normal outdoor experience. Lots of wildlife call the refuge home and it's easily viewed from trails and boardwalks. Trails aren't too long or difficult,... More 

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Tuscola, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Took our Grandson to see the Dinosaur Exhibit at Heard Museum. It was outdoors along the nature trials. They had lots of signs to watch out for poison ivy, but I think that was to keep you on the trials. They also have some animals and a butterfly house.

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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit. Regarding the poison ivy signs, the Heard, off the trails, has a great deal of poison ivy as well as poison oak and even some poison sumac--perhaps more this year than I've even seen in previous years. Many people are allergic and it's appropriate that they have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

The grounds are clean and the guides are friendly. Great hiking trails. The weather in the area is normally very nice. Lots of shade to stay cool. August is pretty hot but the rest of the year is great!

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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. Yes, August in Texas isn't my favorite either! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Took my grandkids here to see the butterfly exhibit. They loved this place, especially the pioneer village. This is a great place for kids to explore and play!

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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit with your grandkids. We look forward to possibly seeing you again soon! More 

McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Heard in MCKinney is a nice place to take children's. The best time to go is when they have the dinosaurs they look so real. My grandchildren love it. Also they have little houses that looks like log home from old times. The children are able to go in and play. There are live animals there as well. Trails to... More 

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